Courses & Units

Natural Environment Field Techniques KGA213

As part of the KGA major this unit is essential for students interested in the conservation and management of natural landscapes. It is a field-based unit; requiring students (and staff) to stay on site remote from any campus for 8 days during late November-early December. Transport to and from the venue will be provided from both Launceston and Hobart.


A field-based unit taught in one of Tasmania’s distinctive island environments. Students who successfully undertake this unit will develop a wide variety of skills in environmental data recording in the context of a project designed both to increase knowledge of natural environments and to contribute to their proper management. The skills include: the use of global positioning systems; rapid topographic survey techniques; microclimatic data collection techniques; soil analysis, geomorphological measurement; vegetation survey; fauna survey, mapping, and data entry. The unit provides students with the opportunity to build their field skills and their ability to work cooperatively on a meaningful project in one of the many interesting natural environments in Tasmania.


Unit name Natural Environment Field Techniques
Unit code KGA213
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Professor James Kirkpatrick
Teaching staff Doctor Karen Johnson|Doctor Kerry Bridle|Mr Robert Anders|Doctor Rachael Hurd|Doctor Vishnu Prahalad
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Spring school (late) On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Spring school (late) On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Spring school (late) On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (late) 6/11/2023 16/11/2023 30/11/2023 24/12/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • make informed judgements on the appropriateness of various techniques for field survey in natural environments
  • use at least some of these techniques in surveying, topographic description and analysis, and the mapping, description and analysis of soil characteristics, microclimate, flora and fauna
  • communicate valid information in the mode of a scientific paper
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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KGA172 OR KEA102 OR KPZ163 OR KPA161 OR KZA161


Teaching Pattern

Eight days in the field (2021: 1-8 December on Bruny Island) incorporating lectures, fieldwork and tests.

AssessmentField Test One (20%)|Field Test Two (20%)|Vegetation Map (20%)|Scientific Report (40%)
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